Instead of asking for presents for her birthday this year, Bentley Saber decided to do something different: donate the needed supplies to the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
Saber, 10, is in the fifth grade at Sheffield Area Elementary School. Sabers’ birthday is July 2, but because of the July 4 holiday, she went to summer camp in Mission Meadows, so the family didn’t celebrate her birthday until the end of July.
Her mother, Kayla Argeny, said her love for animals started at a very young age.
“Her love for animals started when she was very young and she wanted to be a vet since she was old enough to talk,” said Argentina. “She is an active athlete and competes in Xplosion All star Cheerleading in Falconer. She has a heart that just keeps on giving.”
Saber said she was inspired by a YouTuber to donate items to the humane society for her birthday.
“I was inspired by this person on YouTube”, said Saber. “I wanted to give different things to the animals and help them.”
Saber collected blankets, leashes, collars, dog food and more. In total, she collected over 100 items, with even more to bring into humane society. When she brought in her belongings, Humane Society staff gave Saber a private tour of the facility.
“We walked in and they took some pictures of me and we saw the animals,” said Saber. “We have seen the operations and sick animals. There were two different cat rooms with kittens and older cats. I wanted to take the whole kitten room home with me.”
Saber also got to see the dogs there, including several chihuahuas that were recently rescued and brought in. Saber’s family has one dog of their own, a one-year-old Boxer. Saber and Argeny said they would do this again.
“She thought it was very worthwhile”, said Argentina. “We will probably make another donation soon.
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We still have many collars and we will probably make a donation as well. They give free dog food there, but they have to pay 25 cents per pound for that, so they also take cash donations.”
Argeny added that the day they visited the Humane Society made not just Saber’s day, but the staff’s as well.
“The joy and happiness she saw when she was able to make that animal and staff day was amazing. I wish you had been there,” said Argentina. “The CCHS staff are fantastic and you can tell from their personalities that they love being there. She chose that humane society over the local one here for many reasons, including the way they run it. It is a no-kill shelter and with her love for animals that was the biggest drive. They are also willing to help people adopt pets and work with people.”
Argeny and Saber encouraged everyone to donate to the humane society as well, or go there to adopt if they are looking for a “forever friend.” Animals available from the Chautauqua County Humane Society can be seen on their website, www.chqhumane.org